Sossusvlei, Deadvlei & Sesriem
If the question is ‘What is the most photographed place on Earth’, one of the answers would be ‘Deadvlei’: A plain covered with creamish white dried clay surrounded by the highest sand dunes on the planet; and with dead but standing petrified Acacia Trees in the middle that are 700 hundred years old
Sossusvlei is the gateway to Deadvlei in Namib’s Southern portion, Namib-Naukluft National Park. In fact, it is a cut through the sand dunes of Namib. The desert sand contains iron in dust particles which gives it the reddish colour. The entire landscape of dunes has been eroding for millions and millions of years and is an ongoing process. When the early and late lights of the morning and evening are added, it all turns into a surreal red and a game of shades.
Are you fit enough to climb some of the highest sand dunes on the Planet? Maybe ‘Elim Dune’, ‘Dune 45’ or ‘Big Daddy’ as the second highest with its 325 meters? If not, then start working out before your expedition as watching the sunrise and sunset from the top of these Dunes is spectacular.
Another alternative for overlooking the sea of sand, although it requires less energy, but not a cheap activity at all - is a Hot-Air Balloon Flight over Namib.
Sesriem Canyon is another get-away activity when we have time left after dune climbing, sunrise and sunset chasing and perhaps a hot-air balloon flight, early in the morning. The canyon has been formed by the Tsauchab River running through sedimentary rocks with a depth of 30 meters. There are small pools of water along the canyon and it is worthwhile to take a swim to cool off during a 4-kilometer hike.